I'm basically average at everything. 

I tell myself it helps me relate to others, but that's probably just wishful thinking. If you're here looking for something incredibly moving and profound, I'm sorry. 

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But I think something happens when we open up, when we do things that are uncomfortable.  Awkward.  Scary.  New.  That's how we grow.  

I'm far too commonly imprisoned by my own comfort and complacency, when I want to crave wonder and adventure.  I want to be amazed.  To let my jaw drop, to be still and grateful for the small things. And I want to do this more and more.  After all, life's so short. 

Getting lost in new places helps me to do this. Meeting new people helps me to do this.  Hearing their stories, and laughter... what a phenomenon.

 I fear people's opinions all too much.  It's scary to be honest, to open up.  But name something good in life that happens without fear, without some discomfort (other than ice cream). 

That's my goal here, and I hope you'll join me.  I want to force myself to slow down.  To lift my eyes from the screen of my phone all the time, and take time to embrace the ordinary day to day. To find beauty in the mundane.  To tell stories of places traveled and people met and experiences had, no matter how small, that help me to lift my eyes to The Creator.  And let's laugh some, too.  

But, most of all, let's do it together.  I would love to hear stories and feedback from you.  Little things that helped you to pump the brakes and see beauty in the bigger picture.  And if we can help each other do this, even just once, then we'll call it a bonus.  You phil me?